Karl Burke

 Bio: Kalre Burke took out his horse training license in 1990 and it didn’t take him long to start seeing results, with a handicap hurdle win on Temporale that very year. It took until 1994 for the big wins to start rolling in with Daring Destiny in the Ayr Gold Cup, the horse then gifted him his first group one win at Phoenix Sprint Stakes at Leopardstown.

A successful move to High Havens Stable in Newmarket followed and the wins kept rolling in, then a year on Burke purchased his current yard, Spigot Lodge, in Middleham, North Yorkshire.

Controversy factored in when Burke was accused of supplying inside information to gambler and owner Miles Rodgers, and a ban resulted in his wife taking over his yard for a period of time.  Further success followed upon Burke’s return including  Quiet Reflection in the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot and the Sprint Cup at Haydock in 2016.


Website: http://www.karlburke.co.uk/

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Richard Fahey

 Bio: Richard Fahey shared the conditional jockeys’ title with Derek Byrne and Stuart Turner in 1988/89 but, by his own admission, “wasn’t good enough” in the saddle and, in 1993, turned his attention.


From his initial base, at Manor Farm in Butterwick, near Malton, North Yorkshire, he didn’t reach double-figures for a season until 1996 but, in 1997, saddled his first big race winner, Superior Premium, in the Daihatsu Field Marshal Stakes at Haydock Park. Three years later, the same horse would become his first Royal Ascot winner when running on strongly to win the Cork and Orrery Stakes – now the Diamond Jubilee Stakes – at odds of 20/1.


Fahey saddled 50 winners in a season for the first time in 2003 and, following the move to his current base at Mews House in nearby Musley Bank, saddled 100 winners in a season for the first time in 2008. Victory for Wootton Bassett in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp in 2010 gave him his first Group 1 winner and he has since added half a dozen more successes at the highest level, notably with Ribchester, who won the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes and Qatar Prix du Moulin de Longchamp in 2017. Indeed, those three victories contributed towards his best season ever, in pecuniary terms, with over £4.2 million in prize money.

Website: https://racehorse-trainer.com/

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Mick Appleby

 Bio: Michael ‘mick’ Appleby started his career with a stint as head lad at Andrew Baldings Kingsclere stable, then decided to go it alone in 2010.

With training facilities located close to Southwell Racecourse (Langham Racing Stables, near Oakham, Rutland) , Appleby has found himself with a reputation as the trainer to follow on All Weather at Southwell. He was crowned champion trainer at the track  in 2014, 2015, 2016, and again in 2017.

Appleby has upped his number of wins year on year, with 15 in 2011, 40 in 2012 and 61 in 2013. Stand out wins for the trainer include but are not limited to Demora in the group one William Hill Scottish Sprint Cup at Musselburgh, and Danzeno winning the Betfred TV Chipchase Stakes and the Totescoop6 Heritage Handicap at Ascot.


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Trainers: Who’s impressing in 2018/2019?

 On occasion we check in on horse trainer stats to get a feel of who’s currently top of the pile. Of course as with any sport, people go through runs of good and bad form, and with that in mind it pays to both evaluate and re-evaluate every now and again. Whole websites are dedicated to horse, jockey and trainer form (wins, places etc) and eager punters often have favourite horse trainers that they like to follow, much in the same way that some casino fans have a favourite number that they stick with come what may! Yes, I’m looking at you, Online Casino Deutschland fans!

Trainer stats are typically split into two easy to understand categories, UK flat trainer stats, and Jump trainer stats. These are self explanatory, though it must be said that some trainers train both types of horse – they may special in national hunt (jump) racing for instance, but also race horses over the flat, and vice versa. The size of a training yard factors in too, how big the operation is, as well as how long the trainer has been involved in the sport of racing.  Some horse trainers like Mark Johnson have been involved in the sport for over 30 years and as such have accumulated a great deal of knowledge and connections when compared to their minnow rivals. Indeed  late last year Johnson became the most successful trainer in Britain when he saddled his  4,194th winner.

So while Mark Johnson has been ruling the flat trainer roost in the long run, who’s been top of the pile this season? Well it’s currently Mick Appleby with 20 wins and 36 places from 134 runs. And over the jumps? Dan Skelton is currently top of the table with 425 wins and 923 places from 2236 runs. Nicky Henderson is hot on his heels with 410 wins. Predictably big numbers from these top tier trainers.